If you’ve been thinking about giving your bathroom a makeover then you’re not alone! Thousands of Torontonians turn to their bathrooms as the first place in their home to get renovations done every year, and that’s not without a good reason. Bathrooms are a special place in any home, where a lot of time is spent getting ready, finding alone time, or even pondering upon life’s greatet questions! But what really makes a great bathroom? Is it the colour of the walls? The lighting? The shape of the tub? Or perhaps simple decor? Not quite… But let’s find out! Below is a list of 5 trends that we believe are a crucial part of any great bathroom today!
1. Out with the curtains!
Shower curtains are so yesterday! They look cheap, stick to your body, are germ-magnets and generally reduce your bathroom’s appeal. Whether you want a stand-up shower or a bathtub, glass door are the way to go! They’re easy to clean, look sleek and don’t leak from all corners like curtains do!
2. Smaller is better (at least when it comes to grout lines)
If you’ve ever been to (or live in) a house that’s more than a decade old then you’ve most likely seen grout lines as thick as 1/4 inches even. It may have been the norm once, but that has long passed! Small grout lines are the way to go! We’re talking 1/16″ or even 1/32″.
3. Who says bathrooms can’t have fancy light fixtures?
Most of the homes that we’re renovated have had very basic light fixtures in the bathrooms. It actually somewhat surprising how few homeowners actually pay attention to what their light fixtures look like. Trust us, you might want to spend some extra time picking yours; it will be worth it!
Hint: Who says you can’t put a chandelier above a free-standing tub?
4. Porcelain is the new Granite!
When was the last time you walked into a home improvement store and looked at their selection of tiles? If you haven’t done that in a while, we highly recommend you do! Pay close attention to their Porcelain selection (if you’re not sure how to differentiate them just as a sales rep!). What you will find is that they come in a variety of sizes and finishes. If you were ever considering on having granite (or any other natural stone tile) installed, you can probably find a very similar looking porcelain tile at half the price (and that doesn’t need to be sealed).
5. Whatever you do, don’t cheap out on your toilet & vanity!
The toilet is another part of the bathroom that most homeowners don’t give much thought to but should. Opting for something a bit more pricey than the lowest model should ensure you get something that won’t leak after the first year and generally will look somewhat decent in your newly renovated bathroom.
Finally, the centre-piece of all bathrooms, the vanity. All you need to remember is 1. A solid-wood base will last much longer than a pressed chipboard one. 2. If you’re going to opt for a laminated countertop you may as well not renovate your bathroom – always choose a stone counter. You’ll be glad you did!
Looking to renovate your own bathroom? We’re ready to take on your project! Give us a call or send us a message and we’ll be glad to talk to you regarding your dream bathroom!